Home: Leaning Into Discomfort

Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910

teddyIt is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

-Teddy Roosevelt

Doing hard stuff, whether or not it is physical, emotional, mental, or even spiritual requires one to go contrary to the natural path of least resistance.  But what is on the flip-side of that…The path of most resistance?  How and why is this good for us, what is the benefit of doing the difficult?

Brene Brown, a researcher professor at the University of Houston, has made “Leaning into discomfort” a phrase that resonates with people around the globe.  With almost 29 million views of her Ted Talk, the desire to unpack the the benefits of discomfort are real.

This blog’s intent is to explore this…